Capped Bust of Liberty type (remodeled portrait and eagle)

U.S. Federal Issue
dated 1838, possibly modified 1836
Designed and engraved by Christian Gobrecht (American, about 1785–1844), After John Reich (American (born in Bavaria), 1768–1833)

Mint: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Medium or Technique


Not On View




Numismatics, Coins

Obverse and reverse do not match up for year 1838. No mention of this on card.

ob. Bust of Liberty, 1838
rev. Eagle, E. Pluribus Unum, United … , 50 C.
around edge: Fifty Cents or Half a Dollar

Starting in 1836 the reverse reads 50 CENTS, not 50 C. and the edge is reeded not lettered.

Credit Line

Gift of the Boston Numismatic Society